Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:48 pm on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Chair, Treasury Committee, Chair, Treasury Committee 12:48 pm, 22nd September 2020

I very much welcome the balanced and proportionate set of measures that my right hon. Friend has put together and recognise that these are very finely balanced and very difficult decisions for him to take. But lockdowns, as I think he recognises, destroy jobs and also personal wellbeing. The fact that lockdowns have damaged our economy means that in the years ahead a smaller economy will probably have serious impacts on the health of millions of people up and down our country. Does he recognise that, yes, we should listen very carefully to the epidemiologists, but we must also listen very carefully to the Treasury, to businesses and to economists?